Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything...a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all. Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between centuries - if you are a Descendant of Time. Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.
This is another book that I finished at the beach. What can I say, I get a lot of reading done at the beach :). This is a book that I discovered for free on Amazon. I am unsure if it is still free, but if it is, heck if it isn’t, it is one that everyone who likes history should read.
The main character, 17 year old Saira lives with her single mother in Venice Beach, CA. Or she did briefly before her mother disappeared as she was known to do. This time something was wrong and men began to chase Saira though her haunt. Good for her, bad for them, being that she not only knew the area but was a very capable free runner. Her fate and the fate of the world changed when she was shipped off to her grandmothers in London, not only to a place that was unknown, but from the looks of the mansion, to a time unknown. That is when fate, time, and space began to surround Saira as she not only had to live with her cranky grandmother, the matriarch of her family, but attend a private boarding school that is a little off.
For the historian in me this book was marvelous. It had history, intrigue, heck it had Jack the Ripper. Who could go wrong with a book that has Jack the Bloody Ripper. Oh and it has vampires, but not vampires that you have ever seen before. Seriously this book is one that wrapped me in a cozy blanket and even though it is really long and on my phone took forever, it was one that I always went back to in between other books. It wasn’t that I wanted to put it down, it was that stuff happens and other books come in front, but this was still a lot of fun and I enjoyed it all the way though. I will be reading the next two.
The reason I am giving this a 4.5 and not a 5 as it almost deserves is because there wasn’t an answer to the painting question which honestly upset me. If you are going to mention something, and something that may be very important at the beginning of the book, you can not just not say anything other than hinting at it again and again. It frustrated me, and I do not believe that this painting held such a fundamental truth that it should be one of the main cliff hangers. I would also have liked to know more about the families. In essence this author created an entire new world and did not flesh out the particulars as much as I think could have been done in this book. Overall it was a good story line with likable characters that warm your heart, there is pain, grief, humor, and love all wrapped up in this story. Oh that was another thing, I think that the love story part, while understandable to the general theme didn’t need to be there. Again my personal opinion.